Khushwant Singh Best Indian Short Stories, Volume 1

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Harper Collins, Jun 6, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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The bestseller Khushwant Singh Selects Best Indian Short Stories - Volume I, offering the finest stories by India's master storytellers... The Indian short story is extraordinary in its ability to stick to the traditional rules of the craft and still demonstrate remarkable originality. It revolves around a limited number of characters, confines itself in time and space, and has a well-plotted narrative that drives its central theme. Within the traditional framework, however, creativity flowers, and what emerges is a story that is marked with freshness and imagination. This volume is chock-full with such stories, written by authors well known in their regional languages as well as those who made names for themselves in English literary circles. Carefully selected by Khushwant Singh, India's literary giant, these pieces represent the best of Indian writing from around the country. Contributors include - M.J. Akbar, Mulk Raj Anand, Kabir Bedi, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Margaret Bhatty, Ruskin Bond, Krishan Chander, Suresh Chopra, Ismat Chugtai, Kamala Das, Manoj Das, Anita Desai, Shashi Deshpande, K.S. Duggal, Wendy Fernandes, Colleen Gantzer, Hugh Gantzer, Balwant Gargi, Qurratulain Hyder, Abdul Jabbar and Amrita Pritam.
 

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Contents

Introduction
TWO Why Does the Child Cry?
FOUR Intermittent Fever
FIVE The Birdman
SIX The Leopard
TEN Flight 303
TWELVE A Home near the
FOURTEEN Descent from the Rooftop
SIXTEEN One More Dead Body
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Khushwant Singh is easily the most widely read author in India today. He has done different things at different times: practiced law, diplomacy and politics, taught comparative religion at Princeton and Swarthmore, and edited the Illustrated Weekly of India and The Hindustan Times. He has also edited and translated a number of literary works. His acerbic pen, his wit and humour, and, most of all, his ability to laugh at himself, have ensured him immense popularity over the years. He was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. Among other honours, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the president of India (he returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the Union government's siege of the Golden Temple, Amritsar). He lives in New Delhi.

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